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10 Facts About December Birthstone Zircon That You Want to Know

limz Published On Sat Dec 14 2019   Modified On Sat Dec 14 2019
10 Facts About December Birthstone Zircon That You Want to Know

The derivation of the word "zircon" is from the Persian Zargun which means "Gold-Hued". It is one of the oldest minerals to be known. 

It has a wide variety of colors - orange, blue, yellow, brown, red and even colorless. People may be confused with colorless zircon and diamond as it looks the same because of its luster.

Formation

Zicron is up to 4.4 billion years old, making them the oldest mineral on Earth. These stones may take millions of years to form and are formed only in extreme temperatures. It is a very common stone that is mostly found in igneous and metamorphic rocks.

History

Zircon also is known as the oldest mineral of the world are found in the earth's crust. The walls of Jerusalem holds 12 stones and Zircon (jacinth) is one of them. This stone is also mentioned in the Bible says that once they were given to Moses (A legendary figure) and then set in the breastplate of Aaron who was the brother of Moses according to the Abrahamic religions.

Properties

The chemical classification of Zircon is silicate and the sub-class is nesosilicates. The luster of this stone is Adamantine and they are sometimes oily. Most zircon crystals neither reflect nor emit light and the natural zircon that reflects or emits light is very rare. It has a hardness of 7.5 on the Mohs scale.

Sources

Countries like Australia and South Africa were the largest producer for Zircon concentrates. Other places like China, India, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Brazil, Kenya, Indonesia, and Mozambique also produces zircon concentrates. Nowadays, these stones are commonly produced from mining sediments from beach or alluvial rock that is not native to its present location. 

Value

As we know, zircon has a wide variety of colors. Among all these colors, blue zircon is the most expensive and green zircon is the rarest of them all. The average price for blue zircon is $75 per carat and the one with the best quality, cut, and clarity can reach up to $200 per carat. The value of these stones depends upon the cut, clarity, color, and quality of the stone and its value can differ from $50 to $400 per carat.

Colorless Zircon

One of the stone which is rarer the diamond is colorless zircon. It is a kind of mineral which is free of imperfections and has a high quality. Although this stone is rarer than diamond, it has less value. It will be a perfect substitute for diamond as it looks the same.

Picture of white or colorless zircon.
Picture of white or colorless zircon.
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Spiritual Healing

Zircon contains an extreme amount of energy which is known to be great spiritual. It is related to all the chakras of our body. These stones remove all the negative vibes and energy which helps in purifying our body, mind, and soul. These stones also help you to achieve the aim or goal in your life. 

Physical Healing

Physically, Zircon helps us to be free from any kind of pain, injuries, and wounds. If you are a female, then it will also help you during mensuration. These stones are believed to cure both common and severe cold, fever, improve the immune system and respiratory-related issue.

Mental Healing

These stones are believed to enhance or improve the strength of our mind and control our emotions avoiding depression or any kind of violent expression. It helps us with the withdrawal of substance abuse and also eases the pain related t our head. It helps us to sleep well and energizes our bodies after waking up.

Shape, Size, and Color

The cut of Zircon comes in different shapes. Some of the common cuts of zircon are heart, oval, round, cube, pear and square. As in granite rocks, the average size of zircon is about 0.1-0.3 mm but their size can also increase by several centimeters, especially in pegmatites and carbonatites. The colors of zircon are brown, blue, black, red, yellow, green, gray and colorless. 

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